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Maria Ioudenitch to release debut album Songbird on Warner Classics

Release of long-awaited debut album Songbird on Warner Classics March 24 highlights second half of violinist Maria Ioudenitch’s 2022-23 season

Being released in the middle of the second half of her 2022-23 season, violinist Maria Ioudenitch’s debut album, Songbird, is a journey through song, with a thoughtfully curated collection of arrangements, untouched renditions and songful instrumental works. The album includes works by eleven composers: Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Nadia Boulanger, Amy Beach, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Nikolai Medtner, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Mikhail Glinka, Franz Schubert, and Richard Strauss. The recording, available in both CD and digital formats, is a special prize from the 2021 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, at which she also won first prize, and features her first ever transcription of a work – Rachmaninoff’s Don’t sing, my beauty, for me.

Joining her on Songbird is her friend and musical collaborator, pianist Kenny Broberg, with whom she regularly performs in recital. With a songful focus, it is no surprise that Ioudenitch also invited a singer to participate in the album. German soprano Theresa Pilsl makes a guest appearance in the final work, Richard Strauss’s Morgen! Op. 27 No. 4.

Warner Classics
Preview album

C. SCHUMANN 3 Romances for Violin and Piano Op. 22
No. 1 Andante molto

R. SCHUMANN 3 Romances Op. 94
No.2 Einfach, innig

No. 2 Erwin

BOULANGER Soleils couchants

BEACH, Romance for Violin & Piano Op. 23

TCHAIKOVSKY 6 Romances for voice & piano Op. 6
No. 6 None but the lonely heart
(arr. for violin and piano by Mischa Elman)

MEDTNER Fairy Tale Op. 20, No. 1
(arr. for violin & piano by Jascha Heifetz)

MEDTNER Forgotten Melodies Cycle II Op. 39
No. 4 Canzona Matinata
(arr. for violin & piano by Kenny Broberg)

RACHMANINOFF 6 Romances, Op. 4
No. 4 Don’t sing, my beauty, for me
(arr. for violin & piano by Maria Ioudenitch)

GLINKA arr. BALAKIREV L’Alouette / The Lark
(arr. for violin & piano by Leopold Auer)

SCHUBERT Fantasie in C for voice & piano D.934
I. Andante molto; II. Allegretto; III. Andantino
IV. Allegro vivace – Allegretto – Presto

STRAUSS 4 Lieder for voice & piano Op. 27, TrV 170
No. 4 Morgen!
(with soprano Theresa Pilsl)

with Kenny Broberg, piano, and Theresa Pilsl, soprano

Recorded at Meistersaal. Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin, Germany

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